Mia Wellfare

Director

London

Mia is a practising Barrister and Director in Control Risks' Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence team - based between our London and Amsterdam offices.

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  • Creating a Compliant Organisation


Mia is a practising Barrister and Director in Control Risks' Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence team - based between our London and Amsterdam offices.

Prior to joining Control Risks Mia acted as General Counsel for a UK intelligence agency. She also developed a wealth of fraud and corruption experience during her eight years at the criminal bar, prosecuting for both the CPS and SFO as well as defending companies and individuals accused of money laundering offences. Mia’s experience makes her well placed to advise clients on all aspects of bribery and corruption.

Mia also consults on best compliance practice, including designing and overseeing the implementation of global governance programs. She frequently provides Anti-Bribery and Compliance training to international companies.


Mia has recently worked on the following matters:
  • Assessing a Nigerian oil trading group’s anti-fraud measures prior to its IPO on the UK stock exchange. The case involved advising on internal controls required for compliance with the UKBA and FCPA.
  • Review of agent due diligence completed by the in-house compliance team of a major UK listed commodities trader. Provision of a bespoke training program for the client’s Swiss and Dutch offices on the applicability of the UKBA, FCPA and domestic ABC legislation.
  • Analysis of internal financial protocols for an investor in the African subsidiary of this private Kazakhstan based natural resources company. Independent stress-testing of the group’s global compliance program and development of metrics for monitoring the effectiveness of the company’s internal controls.

    Mia regularly speaks internationally on compliance and regulatory matters, and holds B.A. (Hons), LLB and BVC qualifications.

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